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Based on a heart-warming true story, the play follows a group of 18th Century convicts and officers as they confront a savage new land. These jailbirds, male and female, have no rights and their treatment is as ferocious as the landscape. But one man defies the rules. Lt Ralph Clark creates the very first piece of theatre ever to be performed in Australia, The Recruiting Officer. The drama mounts as the convicts rehearse, and their hopes for a new life grow stronger. Incredibly the play will go on! Our Country's Good
was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 10 September 1988. Note: The convicts use explicit language and this award-winning play contains scenes which some people might find shocking.Performers Kim Heron (Liz Morden/Captain Watkin Tench), Dannan McAleer (Robert Sideway/Captain David Collins), Evlyne Oyedokun (Duckling Smith/Captain Jemmy), Charleen Qwaye (Black Caesar/Midshipman Harry Brewer), Luca Thompson (John Wisehammer/Captain Arthur Phillip), Joseph Tweedale (Second Lieutenant/Ralph Clark), Dan Wheeler (Major Robbie Ross/Ketch Freeman/John Arscott), Heather Williams (Dabby Bryany/Lieutenant George), Paksie Vernon (Reverend Johnson/Mary Bryant/Meg).
Author Timberlake Wertenbaker. Producer Tobacco Factory. Director Anna Girvan. Design Anna Reid. Lighting Chris Swain.
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